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Ending Friendships with a Smile with Super Mario Kart on Super Nintendo – Today in History – September 1st, 1992

If you are a retro gamer of any sort then you know at least a little bit about Super Mario Kart. Super Mario Kart was not the first racing game, just like Super Mario Bros was not the first side scrolling action game but Nintendo did it their way and created a new genre. Mario and the gang took time from their action game shenanigans and took to the tracks to settle their differences. Super Mario Kart was also not the first racing game to feature offensive combat in some form, but Nintendo threw their own personal spin on it and made it their own.

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Take to the Streets in Final Fight on Super Nintendo – Today in History – September 1st, 1991

Final Fight is one of those series that had so much going for it but for some reason, failed when the transition of gaming went from 16-Bit to 32-Bit (both the Double Dragon and Streets of Rage series felt this mishap also). Originally, Final Fight was to be a sequel to, the fairly popular, Street Fighter game that hit two years prior but eventually, Final Fight was given its own style (thanks to the success of Double Dragon in arcades). When Nintendo launched the Super Nintendo it was a very much ballyhooed fact that Capcom was bringing Final Fight to the new Nintendo console as an exclusive (no mention of other platforms was made so exclusivity was easy to garner from the likes of Electronic Gaming Monthly and Gamepro).

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Revenge of the License: Stephen King’s The Mist

Adaptations of Stephen King’s stories have a tendency to, well, suck (not to put too fine a point on it). Translating his material from the printed word to any other medium outside of an audio production is a hit-or-miss proposition with most results ending up firmly in the “miss” column. But we’re all gluttons for punishment, because when they work, boy do they jangle the nerves. When they don’t though? You get Stephen King’s The Mist, developed by Angelsoft and published by Mindscape in 1985. And then you get on the ‘net to look for a walkthrough because oh my digital bits does this text adventure suffer from more problems than a new version of Internet Explorer.

 

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New Game: Icewind Dale Coming to Android, iOS, Mac and PC with +1 Enhancements

Previously we saw Baldur’s Gate, with enhancements, hit Android and now the same developers (Beamdog) are working on bringing Icewind Dale to Google’s mobile platform, among others. Wizards of the Coast have announced this version will be hitting Android, iOS, Mac and PC (presumably through Steam). This is the first time that the popular role playing game, released in 2000, will see a remake.

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New Toy: Mega Man Powered Helmet and Stand Now Available for Pre-Order

Capcom are not ones to shy away from the demand of gamers, unless it is for a true sequel to a Street Fighter game. Previously only available at conventions, this new helmet and stand (powered through your computer’s USB port) will now be available for a limited time directly through Capcom. Collectors get your credit cards ready, everybody else, prepare for inflated Ebay prices shortly after release.

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Game Hack- Ghostbusters Not Only Back in Theaters but also Receive Color Fix on Sega Genesis

Since Ghostbusters is being re-released in theaters to celebrate its 30th anniversary, we figured it would be a good time to mention this color hack for their Sega Genesis game. The original suits in the 16-Bit game were not quite “true” to the movie props and now a fan has taken it upon themselves to correct that problem.

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Fan Translation/Bandit Gaming- Crime Patrol 2 Drug Wars for PSOne Translated to English, Updated

This is a first for us here at Retro Gaming Magazine- our first combo Fan Translation/Bandit Gaming article. For those of you keeping track, Crime Patrol 2 only officially hit the 3DO and the CD-i platforms as far as retro consoles (Digital Leisure made it available for the average DVD player about 12 years ago though). Thanks to fans, Crime Patrol 2: Drug Wars is now available for the original Playstation, in English, with some updates. This port was originally handled by Russian hackers in case anyone is wondering.

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Game Hack: Super Mario Bros 3 with Giana Sisters Levels, Yeah, Someone Took the Rivalry There

For the readers reading this that do not know what the Giana Sisters was about, it was basically a Super Mario Bros clone for computers. The Great Giana Sisters as it was officially titled (fans shortened it to simply Giana Sisters) was an almost lawsuit perfect copy of Super Mario Bros, which launched shortly before the female siblings’ game. While Nintendo never officially sued the developers of The Great Giana Sisters, it was rumored, and many will argue till they are blue in the face that it happened and if they could only put the right search terms into Google, they would show you proof. Some enterprising fans have taken it upon themselves to take the levels from the Giana Sisters and implanted them into Super Mario Bros 3.

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Competition- SpeccyJam is Coming, Sign Up Now and Rock the Retro

The ZX Spectrum is a computer that was not widely available here in North America but over in Europe this thing rocked, and in some circles still does. We were recently contacted by the SpeccyJam people about covering the event, it won’t start till August 29th so you still have time to sign up. We will be doing our best to cover the event and the games that come from SpeccyJam here. For now, read the rules, sign up on their site and flex your retro programming muscles.

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Game Hack- Perfect Dark Takes Over Rolling Thunder on the Nintendo Entertainment System

Perfect Dark was an instrumental release on the Nintendo 64, it was the spiritual successor to Golden Eye 64 and gave gamers another game to flaunt in the face of Sega┬áSaturn and Sony┬áPlaystation owners (neener neener). This little fact has not stopped hackers from taking it upon themselves to “port” Perfect Dark to the Nintendo Entertainment System.


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